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A Statistical Profile of the WSU Library System

These statistics - unless otherwise indicated - cover the operations in the WSU Library System: the Arthur Neef Law Library, the Oakland Center Library, Purdy/Kresge Library, Shiffman Medical Library, and the David Adamany Undergraduate Library. The figures marked with a red dagger () cover the Walter P. Reuther Library.

The University Libraries offer varied space for study and learning suitable for both individual and group use. These spaces include more than 4,239 seats and 49 group study rooms. Wireless network access and some 549 computer workstations are available to WSU students and faculty in these areas. To facilitate formal instruction, the University Libraries also maintain six instruction labs containing 185 computer workstations.

The Undergraduate Library alone provides 2,337 seats, 27 group study rooms, 371 computer workstations, and 3 instruction labs. The Undergraduate Library also contains the DeRoy Extended Study Center providing 24-hour access to 140 standard workstations as well as 30 high-end work stations with specialized software. The Extended Study Center’s hours are generally from 11a.m. Sunday through 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Library Staff & Services 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
Total Library Staff (Full Time Equivalent) 220 211 207 205 219
Professional Staff (FTE) 92 99 97 96 73
Support Staff (FTE) 54 42 40 40 68
Student Assistants (FTE) 74 70 70 69 78
Gate Counts 1,950,782 1,789,510 1,247,989 1,539,492 1,285,510
Total Number of Reference Transactions (in person, virtual, and telephone) 38,630 30,067 22,255 20,763 24,007
Number of Virtual Reference Transactions 2,451 2,953 2,314 1,835 2,784
Number of Library Instruction Sessions 389 347 322 318 367
Number of Participants in Library Instruction Sessions 8,046 7,718 6,604 6,821 7,985
Number of Initial Circulations, excluding reserves 58,421 45,812 34,160 29,445 26,713
Number of Initial Reserves Circulations 56,776 49,648 38,829 30,993 27,273
Number of Interlibrary Loan Items Provided to WSU Students and Faculty 37,286 33,830 31,054 22,131 19,165
Number of Interlibrary Loan Items Provided to Other Libraries 29,415 27,530 25,048 22,721 25,143
Library Collections 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
Volumes in the Collection at the End of the Fiscal Year 3,421,672 2,831,835 2,976,886 3,063,124 3,115,199
Number of Electronic Books 818,647 819,540 927,462 1,019,509 1,069,963
Unique Titles held at the end of the year 2,196,018 2,491,403 2,583,935 2,666,865 2,724,255
Total Expenditures on Library Materials $9,257,994 $9,410,721 $9,463,490 $9,598,799 $9,970,666
Monographs and other one-time purchases $874,512 $669,911 $520,680 $341,780 $213,965
Ongoing purchases: Serials including Periodicals $8,052,696 $8,499,871 $8,724,568 $8,996,141 $9,396,664
Collection Support: Other Library Materials $330,786 $240,939 $218,242 $260,878 $360,037
Use of Online Resources 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
Number of Searches Performed in Library Databases 4,515,529 2,171,953 1,253,149 6,127,802 4,790,092
Number of Federated Searches Performed in Library Databases 313,837 3,075,653 2,527,284 240,850 11,647
Number of Full-Text Articles Viewed 2,246,276 1,963,283 2,819,624 840,139 1,845,650
Number of Sources of Full-Text Articles Providing Counts 43,499 44,294 48,099 19,024 57,089
Library Expenditures 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
Total Library Expenditures $19,541,609 $19,647,678 $19,162,913 $19,349,420 $19,521,624
Total Library materials $9,257,994 $9,410,721 $9,463,490 $9,598,799 $9,970,666
Total Salaries and wages $7,982,128 $8,287,860 $7,744,786 $7,604,204 $7,812,069
Other operating expenditures $2,301,487 $1,949,097 $1,954,637 $2,146,417 $1,738,889

Much of the information on this page is drawn from the statistics WSU Libraries submit annually to the Association of Research Libraries. Our full response to the ARL Statistical Survey from 1986 to present may be found here: wsu_libraries_arl_data_1986_2016.xlsx

The Association of Research Libraries Statistics collects data on the collections, expenditures, staffing, and services at the 115 largest research libraries in North America stretching back to 1962. More information on the ARL Annual Statistics is available at ARL Statistics® & Slary Surveys.